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Activity Instructions

This quiz will test your knowledge of responsibilities of three levels of government: council, state and federal.

Answer all of the 22 questions and press the submit button in order to compare your responses to those of other students.

1. Trains, trams and buses transport millions of Victorians to and from work, school and home every day.

2. If you’re unable to go shopping or cook for yourself at home, meal services are available. Each year “Meals on Wheels” delivers almost 4 million meals to home care recipients across Victoria.

3. Older citizens can live independently with the assistance of Home and Community Care Services. They can also make the move to one of a number of residential aged care services.

4. Ever wondered what happens to your rubbish once it has been collected? Each year waste management services remove more than one million tonnes of kerbside rubbish, recycling and green organic waste from our homes and businesses.

5. You might be surprised by the range of jobs the Australian Defence Force do. They are involved in peace keeping operations, rebuilding communities and responding to natural disasters.

6. If you’re looking for a new career or wanting to return to work, you can access a range of employment programs across Victoria.

7. These kids are just starting out on their school adventures. In Victoria school is compulsory for children between 6 and 16. Students can study a range of subjects from art to algebra and everything in between.

8. Do you know anyone with kids? New parents can access health and nutrition advice, immunisation services, childcare and playgroups in their local area.

9. In a severe flood, wind storm or fire, Victoria’s emergency services are ready to respond quickly and carefully.

10. Not sure if you have the time and money to focus on your studies? Government funding means you can access financial support and a range of scholarships.

11. In Victoria you can access public or private hospitals. Who decides how hospitals in Victoria are managed?

12. Watch out for that roadwork! In your local area, roads and footpaths are regularly maintained to ensure a safe environment for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. Who maintains cycleways in your area?

13. Centrelink administers a range of government support payments, including disability pensions, youth allowance, family assistance and job seeker allowances.

14. In Victoria, we have access to swimming pools, local parks and more than 1,000 sport ovals. Who decides how local parks are maintained in your area?

15. Do you still like to send your mail the old fashioned way? Luckily for you there are 15,000 of these red post boxes found in all corners of Australia. Who is responsible for making sure that Australia has a postal service?

16. Moving to a new country can be a daunting experience. Each year tens of thousands of new arrivals are provided with settlement support, or assistance in becoming Australian citizens. Who decides who can migrate to Australia?

17. AFL isn't the only sport Victorians follow. There is a whole range of other sporting activities for you to get involved in. Major sporting events and sporting facilities are readily available for everyone to enjoy. Who makes decisions about major sporting events and venues in Victoria?

18. Medicare helps eligible Australian residents to access a range of doctors, dentists and specialists. Who decides which health treatments are subsidised by Medicare?

19. You might be surprised to discover more than just books in your local library. Drop in to access the internet, read a magazine, watch DVDs or join a children's storytelling group. Who decides how libraries are run in your area?

20. Police aren't always chasing criminals or investigating serious crime. They are also out and about keeping your local roads and neighbourhoods safe. Who appoints Victoria's Police Commissioner (head of police)?

21. Doesn't this neighbourhood look nice? Every day in your area, planners like these are making decisions about how land is used and what types of buildings are allowed. Who is responsible for town planning in your area?

22. If you want to drive in Victoria there are lots of rules and regulations you need to follow. Once you get a licence, you also need to make sure your car is registered. Who decides how old you have to be to drive a car?